Retail Sales


  • The Honus Wagner Card: A Buyer's Lifetime Obsession Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 11:33 AM ET

    In August, Arkansas businessman John Rogers bought one of the famous Honus Wagner cards for $1.62 million. It was only months ago and the economy certainly hasn't made things better. So we were confused when Rogers put it up for sale on eBay...

  • The Detroit Lions — Marketable? Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 10:34 AM ET
    Detroit Lions

    We all know the New England Patriots would have been plenty marketable if they had beaten the New York Giants in the Super Bowl and became the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to go undefeated. But how about the Detroit Lions, who on Sunday could become the first team to go 0-for-season since the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

  • Futures Head Higher on GMAC Approval Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 8:53 AM ET

    Stock index futures pointed to a low-volume rally pushed by the approval of General Motors' financing arm to become a bank holding company.

  • Shoppers Bring Haggling Skills to The Mall Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | 8:11 AM ET

    With holiday sales shaping up to be the lowest in years, possibly the worst since the industry began annual comparisons in 1969, retailers say they're taking consumers' demands for good deals seriously. Some are extending return policies, while others are matching competitors' prices.

  • NBA's Best Deals For Fans In Tough Times Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 4:41 PM ET

    I really have to hand it to the NBA. All their teams are doing something to try to get fans into the arenas during this tough time. Here are the best deals we found across the entire league. Please note, in order to get the lowest price, all these packages are for the worst seats in the house. Still, it gets you in the building.

  • Sports Merchandise: Prices Getting Lower And Lower Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 2:51 PM ET

    At a Modell’s I visited this morning, they had a special that advertised NFL replica jerseys– regularly $79.99– at $29.99 and $39.99. It was on select jerseys, but the special was supposed to be on Fridays and Saturdays. It, of course, was a Thursday.

  • Avon, Tupperware Thrive in Economic Downturn Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 12:30 PM ET

    With people looking for some extra cash to soften the blow of the holidays on their bank accounts, direct-selling companies, like Avon Products, Tupperware and Popular Club are seeing a recruitment boom.

  • Airline Baggage Fees Deliver Boost to UPS Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 3:57 PM ET
    A hydraulic hybrid UPS delivery truck is seen with the Philadelphia skyline in the background during a demonstration in Philadelphia, on Friday, June 23, 2006. The UPS truck uses an Environmental Protection Agency patented hydraulic hybrid technology that the EPA claims will increase fuel efficiency by 60 to 70 percent. Full hydraulic hybrid technology means that the conventional transmission and transfer case have been removed and replaced with a hydraulic drivetrain. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    As holiday travelers prepare to go over the river and through the woods for the holidays, more folks are looking for ways to avoid airline fees for checking extra baggage. This has been a boost for United Parcel Service's business.

  • Holiday Shoppers Remain Tightfisted Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 1:08 PM ET

    The pressure on retailers is escalating as shoppers take their time completing their holiday shopping, according to two key measure of retail sales. That's making it more likely that stores will see a rare drop in holiday sales from a year ago.

  • Buy Smarter: I Am the Weekend-Web-Shopping Warrior! Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 4:04 PM ET

    I don’t play around when it comes to holiday shopping. I’ve been using the web for loading up on gifts for over 10 years and I can tell you that it only gets better.

  • As Christmas Nears, Expect More Discounts Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 10:31 AM ET

    The clock is winding down on what could be one of the worst holiday shopping seasons in decades and recession-hit shoppers are finally starting to feel some pressure to spend.

  • Pros Say: China Won't Save World from Recession Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 7:14 AM ET

    As the debt-laden U.S. consumer grows more and more reluctant to spend and Europeans are cutting down on consumption, the world looks to China for salvation. But experts interviewed by CNBC explain why China will not save the global economy from recession.

  • Wealth in America Survey Friday, 12 Dec 2008 | 1:25 PM ET
    On the eve of the holiday season, the CNBC/Portfolio.com finds Americans painting a deeply grim picture of the current state of the economy with bleak implications for holiday spending. Here, we break down the data from that , looking at, among other things, whether men or women are more pessimistic about the economy, which parts of the country are cutting back most, and whether Democrats or Republicans are most optimistic about the coming year.

    The CNBC/Portfolio.com Wealth in America Survey finds Americans painting a deeply grim picture of the current state of the economy. Click ahead to learn more.

  • What the Pros Say: Oil Plunging to $10 Friday, 12 Dec 2008 | 7:05 AM ET

    Oil prices plummeted Friday as concerns increased over energy demand in the slowing global economy. Experts tell CNBC the commodity could fall to $10 a barrel.

  • Web Extra: Fast & Furious Trades For Friday Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 6:40 PM ET

    In this Web Extra the traders reveal how they're playing PPI, retail sales, the proposed auto bill and more.

  • The Revolutionary Kobe Zoom Cut Shoe Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 3:22 PM ET

    Lighter is the theme again. Though you're going to remember the Zoom Kobe Cut, also endorsed by Bryant, because it's a low top.

  • KB Toys Files for Bankruptcy Protection Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 3:08 PM ET

    In another sign of the grim holiday season, KB Toys filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in four years on Thursday, joining fellow retailers Linens 'n Things and Steve & Barry's in seeking Chapter 11 protection amid the recession.

  • Bloomingdale's Heads To Dubai as It Expands Globally Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 3:03 PM ET
    Shopper with Bloomingdales Bags

    With American consumers frozen, Macy's is chasing shoppers overseas. The nation's largest department store is making its first entrance into the international market by opening two upscale Bloomingdales stores in Dubai.

  • British Retailers Brace Against Downturn Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 9:41 AM ET

    Britain's biggest retailer, Tesco, announced price cuts of 50 percent. Former household favorite Woolworths began a closing-down sale. Music retailer HMV reported a sizable first-half net loss.

  • Pros Say: China Stimulus Will Work Next Year Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 4:25 AM ET

    Further economic data out of China showed the country was at risk of falling into a deflationary period. Chinese consumer price inflation fell to a 22-month low of 2.4 percent in November, sparking a fresh commitment from the government to take steps to reinvigorate the economy. Experts tell CNBC the country still has attractive prospects.